31 Days : An effort to pick up my camera every day : January 2015

JANUARY WAS FILLED WITH ITS SHARE OF SUB ZERO TEMPS, SNOWY, GLOOMY DAYS. BUT INSIDE, THERE WERE MANY BRIGHT SPOTS.

 31:::GIGGLES

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30:::LEARNING TO WRITE

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29::: FIVE MINUTES WITH A BOX
you…

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and you together…

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28::: WINGS
i didn’t think i would struggle with the idea that i needed to let my children spread their wings and leave the nest like i am. i’ve put 2 before you in daycare, preschool, and part of elementary school. but you are the first one i was able to be with nearly full-time from the day you were born. kindergarten orientation and momma’s a hot mess. you are still so young, and will be when school starts. so comes the decision to push you out of the nest early, or keep you another year. kindergarten is an amazing experience, one that i won’t withhold from you, just want to make sure we do it at the right time.

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27:::CONCENTRATION AND YOUR SIDEKICK

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26:::HAPPENING RIGHT NOW
in one room

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 25:::ANOTHER DAY, NO NAP NEEDED
this is a regular thing with you. partly because you give up your crib to our tiny houseguest during the day, but partly because you are stubborn and fiery as your red hair suggests.

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24:::PLAYTIME
one of the reasons we chose to homeschool was to afford us more family time. witnessing the growth of best friends and brothers is awesome. and there is always something super creative coming out of lego play.

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23:::NO NAP NEEDED
do i need to say more?

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22::: DINO COLORING
still fascinated with the dino costume. you have got an incredible roar. i love to see little dinos being artistic.

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21:::THIS IS ME
there were many rough days this week already. it feels as though i handled the rough days of the newborn and toddler stage better than i handle the elementary school stages. homeschooling is no joke. multiple kids at home all day is no joke. the volume levels of a large family are no joke. there are days, sometimes entire weeks, that are just overwhelming. i don’t take enough quiet reflection time. i certainly don’t breathe enough. i very often over react. i have to ask forgiveness too many times. i definitely don’t set many great examples lately.

but i’m still madly in love with each of you. just not so great at showing it lately. i’m too quick to speak and often too harshly, too slow to listen and too hard to love and please these days.

seeking grace, pausing to realize this too shall pass and praying i’m a better version of me tomorrow.

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20:::ROUTINE
getting better at brushing your teeth alone. but it is “spishy” (spicy).

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19:::TINKERING
one favorite activity are your tinker toys. you can build and build and build.

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the tongue-out-concentration is my favorite.

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your sisters idea of tinkering is a wee bit different. creative all the same.

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18:::VIDEO GAMING
we needed to do something to get daddy’s mind off the packers loss. a little end of the weekend video gaming was what you thought would be the solution.

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amazing concentration is required in intense battles of mario kart. the tree came down right after the wii battles. i promise!

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16:::SLEDDING
this is one of the activities that just gets more fun the older you all get. don’t get me wrong, i’m not a proponent of you growing up or getting bigger, just merely stating a fact. you can stay out longer, try more adventurous things, enjoy each other more.

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16:::HAT TRICK
you will find fun* anywhere

*fun being mischief while looking cute and smiling so sweetly

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15:::ALL FOUR ONE
similar but different.

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14::: HIDING
after 10 years, we finally committed to curtains. a new hide n seek spot. you love them as much as we do.  xo

 

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13:::SCREEN TIME
a little i-pad screen time while i kick off school with your big brothers. and then little sister joined in the fun. and instantly, you welcome her.

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 12::: AFTER SCHOOL
monday monday. we all needed a little veg-out break after school. love the closeness between brothers.

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 11:::LAZY SUNDAY
football, chili, house projects, playtime, cartoons, games, silliness…

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10:::LET’S PRETEND
your big brothers found the stash of toddler halloween costumes and dressed you both up. you wasted no time getting into character.

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 9:::FINDING THE SUN
below zero temps had us finding all the sunny spots in the house to lay around and play. you gave me one shot, and then no more mommarazzi. xo

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8:::BELLY SCREEN
you are intrigued by team umizoomi and the belly, belly, belly screens. curious, though, why you don’t have one of your own.

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7:::BEDTIME STORIES
daddy uses the best voices while reading bedtime stories.

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6:::CHRISTMAS PAST
the tree is bare. i just can’t bring myself to take it down even though i’m mentally ready to allow time to move on. the warmth, the vibe, the memories made, the time that quickly passed…all wrapped up in one tree. this is the last year for our beloved white tree – our first tree purchased for our new house as a newly married couple expecting our first baby. the first tree each of our babies has known as a christmas tree. taking it down means a whole lot more this time. thankful for all the photos that help stir up the memories and the feelings. xo

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5:::TEARS
i went to get the mail. this caused tears and feelings of abandonment and was cause for 30 minutes of cuddling after. xo

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4::: FRESH SNOWJan 4_0I2A0373

3:::DONUTS AND…COFFEEJan 3_0I2A0571

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